Winton Wetlands Reserve – our identity and heritage

The area of the current Winton Wetlands Reserve has seen many changes over decades and in fact over many thousands of years.

A consistent part of the site’s history has been the use of the name ‘Mokoan’;

  • used by Indigenous people
  • as the original name of the Pastoral run
  • Parish name
  • and, of course, most recently, Lake Mokoan.

Currently, the restoration and regeneration of the entire Winton Wetlands site takes in swamps, marshes, wetlands and also the surrounding grass and woodland areas. Many of the areas within the site have area specific names along with many other areas unnamed.

Winton Wetlands is also often confused with Winton in both Queensland and southern Victoria – this confusion is detrimental to the growth of our tourism products and programming.

As more planning and growth continue at the site, it seems timely to give this multi-faceted project and site the name that preserves its identity and heritage, whilst recognising its rich cultural value.

The past has seen one name for the area stand out, Mokoan.

We’d appreciate your input

We would like to take this opportunity to engage with our community to share their thoughts on this significant change to the name of the overall reserve area to Mokoan, as we value your perspective. Our objective is in accordance with the Geographic Place Names Act 1998 and the Naming Rules for Places in Victoria – Statutory Requirements for Naming Roads, Features and Localities.

We look forward to receiving any feedback from you in relation to the name change by 11 March 2019. We would also gratefully accept any other further historical connection data, stories or information about ‘Mokoan’.

How to provide feedback

Please provide your feedback in writing to Winton Wetlands Committee of Management by:


Post: PO Box 219 Benalla VIC 3671

In person: Mokoan Hub & Café, 652 Lake Mokoan Road, Chesney Vale